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There’s trouble at the Castle, and it’s all because Merrin Meredith has returned with Darke plans for Septimus. More trouble awaits Septimus and Jenna in the form of Tertius Fume, the ghost of the very first Chief Hermetic Scribe, who is determined to send Septimus on a deadly Queste. But Septimus and Jenna have other plans–they are headed for the mysterious House of Foryx, a place where all Time meets and the place where they fervently hope they will be able to find Nicko and Snorri, who were trapped back in time in Physik. But how will Septimus escape the Queste?
Queste, like all the books in the Septimus Heap series, is filled with nonstop action, humor, and fantastical adventure as Septimus continues his journey of Magykal self-discovery.
Welcome back to the world of Septimus Heap!
Angie Sage on Queste, Time travel, and the House of Foryx
At the end of PHYSIK, when I left Nicko and Snorri stranded five hundred years in the past, I knew I was going to have to rescue them somehow—or rather, Septimus, Jenna and Beetle were. However I had no idea how. We were going to have to work that one out together.
This is how I have approached the writing of every Septimus book. If an unplanned situation develops in the narrative—like Nicko and Snorri being left behind in Time—I go with it. And then, like the characters, I have to find a solution. I do think this makes the books exciting to read, as we are all—readers, characters and author—embarked upon the same journey of discovery. However, for me personally it does create some very scary writing days. And Nicko and Snorri gave me some of the most scary writing days I have ever had.
There is something about writing about time travel that messes with one’s head—or it does with mine. The logic of Time is very tricky. I struggled for a while, until I found myself imagining Time as a huge wheel slowly spinning. I thought of Time on the outside of the wheel moving through space and, just as on a wheel, all Times being connected to the central hub where Time stood still. This hub of the wheel of Time was the House of Foryx. And who should have found their way to the mysterious and deeply weird House of Foryx but Nicko and Snorri?
Phew. End of scary writing days—for a while, at least.
So now all Septimus, Jenna and Beetle had to do was to find their way to the House of Foryx too and figure out a way to get Nicko and Snorri out of there. Naturally, getting to the House of Foryx was not going to be straightforward, and I suspected that once they arrived there things would become even more complicated. How could it be otherwise at a place where Time stands still?
But we had Nicko and Snorri to rescue, so off we all went—me, Septimus, Jenna and Beetle—on our QUESTE.
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What I think is so fun about Queste is actually the House of Foryx. It blew my mind with it’s creativity. A place where all time periods meet? That’s amazing and disastrous and so cool all at once. As Jenna and Septimus journey to the House of Foryx, I began to question who built it, why, when, and where. I also loved how what happened in Queste perfectly played off of the events in Physik. We get to catch up with Nicko and Snorri, and find out their fate, while Queste sets up the fate of the rest of Heaps in the next novel, Syren.
Angie Sage has expanded her world greatly, having her characters out in the midst of it, journeying. The second the Questing Guards showed up, I knew this installment was going to be full of adventure, discovery, and magic. With all of those three elements combined, there was no way Queste could disappoint.
“Blue to get ready
Green to go
Yellow to guide you through the snow
Orange to warn you that over you’ll go
Then red will be the final glow
Now seek the black, there’s no going back.”
“You could give us a hand instead of staring into space like a constipated camel,” Terry Tarsal rudely broke into Marcia’s spinning thoughts.”
“…yelling doesn’t make a thing any more possible.”
I hope you enjoyed this post for 7 Months of Septimus! Be sure to pick up the next installment, Syren.
In this fifth book in the Magykal series, Septimus ends up on a captivatingly beautiful island, one of seven set in a sparkling sea. He’s stranded there with his badly injured dragon, Spit Fyre, along with Jenna and Beetle. There are some strange things about the island, including a Magykal girl named Syrah, a cat-shaped lighthouse that has lost its Light, and an eerie presence that sings to Septimus—can he escape the persistent call?
Trouble is also brewing for Lucy and Wolf Boy, who have become entangled with some nefarious sailors at sea, and for Milo Banda, Jenna’s father, who is harboring a mysterious treasure chest in his ship’s hold.
Charismatic storyteller Angie Sage continues Septimus Heap’s Magykal journey with more laugh-out-loud adventures, more enchanting charms and spells, and an ever-deepening understanding of the interior life of a young hero.